Three-Day USAID Women’s Leadership in Higher Education Workshop Begins

The U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) three-day workshop on “Women’s Leadership in Higher Education” kicked off here on Monday

ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint/Pakistan Point News – June 13, 2022): The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) three-day workshop on ‘Women’s Leadership in Higher Education’ kicked off here Monday.

USAID Education Bureau Director Anne Flaker participated in the opening session of the workshop, organized by the USAID-funded Higher Education System Strengthening Activity (HESSA) .

The training workshop was designed for women’s leadership in higher education, attended by 30 female professors, including department heads, administrators, finance experts, as well as management and academic affairs of HESSA partner higher education institutions (EES).

Speaking on the occasion, Anne Flaker welcomed female faculty participants and emphasized the need for them to identify their leadership strengths and areas for growth.

“At USAID, we view women’s empowerment and capacity development as essential to Pakistan’s socio-economic growth.” “Our programming strives to engage more women as leaders and promote gender equality to help reach all Pakistanis,” Ms. Flaker said.

The keynote speaker, Dr. Shaista Sohail, Executive Director of the Higher Education Commission (HEC), commended the Higher Education System Strengthening Activity Project for implementing this timely initiative to train a cadre of women leaders in higher education.

“I look forward to taking this discourse further in creating a conducive and healthy working environment for women’s leadership in Pakistan,” remarked Dr. Shaista.

Former Prime Minister’s Social Sector Advisor and current President of SZABIST, Shahnaz Wazir Ali, in her opening speech, spoke about the importance of women’s leadership in creating a more informed society, including understood the importance of problem-solving skills.

The USAID-funded Higher Education System Strengthening is a five-year, US$19 million project implemented by the University of Utah and its consortium partners, the University of Alabama and the Institute of International Education, in collaboration with a selection of 15 Pakistanis from the public sector. universities, including five women’s universities.

The project focuses on building the capacity of HEIs to provide market-oriented education and research to improve the employability of graduates.

Mara R. Wilmoth